This Day in Showbiz History… December 8

Had he not died, aged 27, rocker Jim Morrison (pictured), of The Doors, would have turned 74 today.

On this day, in 1949, Carol Channing performed Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend on the opening night of the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre. It went on to have 740 performances and turned Channing into an icon, reports Playbill.

Also, on this day in 2002, the Baz Luhrmann staging of the opera La Boheme opened on Broadway. Playbill reports that the show had 228 performances and won a special Tony Award for its three rotating casts of leads.

Meanwhile, rapper Nicki Minaj turns 35 today, while Oscar-winner Kim Basinger blows out 64 birthday cake candles and Sinead O’Connor blows out 51. Actor David Carradine would have turned 81 today had he not died, aged 72, of erotic asphyxiation, in 2009.

Enjoying its second and final week at the top of the Springbok Radio Top 40 chart this week in 1982 was Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Just saying…